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The Discipline of Gratitude

In Psalm 103, the author invites his soul to “Bless the Lord,” imploring gratitude from his inmost being.  For that reason and in order to keep perspective when life has been challenging and unexpected events have made joy an infrequent companion, the Thanksgiving 
Season invites us to take time and focus attention on the many ways our lives are blessed. As you reflect on your present situation, how can you find specific ways to be grateful in answering the following questions?
  • What aspects of your ministry provide fulfilment and the opportunity to bless others?
  • Who is a companion in ministry who provides perspective and support?
  • How have individuals and local churches supported BSM on your campus?
  • How has your family been a blessing to you?
  • Where have difficult circumstances forced you to grow and gain new perspective?


This time of the year invites us to practice the “Discipline of Gratitude,” expressing thanks to God and communicating appreciation for people who have invested in our lives and ministries.  Writing “Thank you” cards is an important part of communicating with your support base, including individuals who have “stepped up” to serve and those whose personal encouragement has helped you work through difficult situations.

And know that your ministry to students and others at the college/university where you serve is sincerely appreciated.  Over half of the 1.5 million college students in Texas are attending a two-year college where they receive very little encouragement to live for Christ.  Your presence on campus and the ministry of BSM may touch people inconspicuously and be part of the process of drawing them to Christ and recovering many who would otherwise slip away from their commitment.

Please contact someone on the state staff if we can be of assistance in offering perspective, answering questions or helping to find resources.  May the Thanksgiving Season allow time to reflect on your blessings, express appreciation to others and find rest and renewal.
 

Resources

The BSM staff website has great resources and ideas: www.texasbsmstaff.org and the BSM at UT Arlington has lots of resources to help with campus ministry: www.utabsm.com.
The BSM Staff Website is full of resource ideas, Bible Studies, up-coming events, and other material.
If I can be of help, please feel free to contact me at 512-497-3240 or drrickspencer@sbcglobal.net.
Past editions of KeySources can be found at www.texasbsmstaff.org/keysources
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